Race hate complaint against Dewinter
22 November 2005, BRUSSELS — Multicultural youth organisation Kif Kaf and the anti-racism group MRAX have lodged a complaint against extreme-right Flemish Interest leader Filip Dewinter.
22 November 2005
BRUSSELS — Multicultural youth organisation Kif Kaf and the anti-racism group MRAX have lodged a complaint against extreme-right Flemish Interest leader Filip Dewinter.
The complaint is in response to Dewinter's comment in a recent interview with the US daily newspaper 'Jewish Week' that the Flemish Interest is an "Islam phobic" party.
The Dutch-language Kif Kaf and Francophone MRAX have requested the public prosecutor press charges against Dewinter for inciting race hate, newspaper 'De Tijd' reported on Tuesday.
Both organisations are demanding Dewinter be deprived of his parliamentary immunity. They also said the Flemish Interest should lose its public subsidies.
Dewinter made his comments in the US newspaper on 28 October.
Upon questioning why Jews should vote for a xenophobic party, Dewinter denied the assertion the Flemish Interest was xenophobic.
Instead, he said if the party had to be described as having a phobia, he said the party should be known as having "islamophobia".
"Yes, we're afraid of Islam. The Islamisation of Europe is a frightening thing. If this historical process continues, the Jews will be the first victims. Europe will become as dangerous for them as Egypt or Algeria," Dewinter said.
"So, I return your question. Should Jews vote for a party that wants to stop the spread of Islam in Europe?"
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news